A few months ago, while driving in to downtown Denver:
Her: Should we take the Park Ave exit or 20th st?
Me: I don’t know, is there a game tonight?
Her: I don’t know.
Me: Hmm, there should be a web site for that…
…and now there is.
Introducing GameTonight.in, a single serving web site to answer the question: is there a game tonight? I’m pretty happy with the URL structure – the URL itself basically asks the question:
Game tonight in Denver? = gametonight.in/denver
Game tonight in Boston? = gametonight.in/boston
Nice hackable URLs.
Besides Denver I’ve set up a few different metro areas. I think it works best for areas (like Denver) that have an NBA, NHL and/or MLB team in relatively close proximity to each other since those sports have the most frequent games. I’ve also added some facilities to try to account for concerts or other highly attended events.
In my case, the Crowd Favorite office is right in the middle, a few blocks away from the Pepsi Center where the Nuggets and Avalanche play and Coors Field where the Rockies play. I can go either way on my drive home, and knowing where the crowds will be is pretty useful.
So check it out. If your metro isn’t listed yet and you’d like me to add it – let me know.
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Would be nice if it used geo IP to guess where you are and default you with info for your location instead of prompting you with a menu every time. At least remember the last location for a particular browser the next time around.
I also recommend adding Los Angeles and/or Orange County.
I’ve experimented with that a bit but my location isn’t detected properly from my various ISPs via several different IP to Geo API providers. I figure most people will just bookmark their location.
What teams make sense in the LA/OC area?
I don’t actually watch sports 😉
For the MLB, the LA’s Anaheim Angels is pretty much half way between the two. There’s the Laker/Clippers for the NBA and the Kings for the NHL.
I don’t actually watch sports, but for the MLB, the LA’s Anaheim Angels is pretty much half way between the two areas. There’s the Laker/Clippers for the NBA and the Kings for the NHL. No NFL team to my knowledge.
Yeah, I didn’t do LA initially because my understanding is that things are sprawled out a bit, which makes the information less pertinent. The Dodgers are in there too, perhaps USC football? I need someone more intimate with the area to guide me on this one.
I love it!
For a lot of area’s you probably need to monitor college teams too. An ASU game (football or basketball) could have as much congestion as the pro teams in Phx.
I like how you’re monitoring the target center too in Mpls. Concerts are much a traffic problem for some of the stadiums as anything else.
I can choose appropriate data sources for areas I’m familiar with, but I will definitely need help from people in different metro areas to tailor the results appropriately.
This is a clever idea, “is there a game tonight”? this is a question always being asked. This application offers a nice clean solution for getting the information out.
Out of curiosity, where are you getting the game data from? the actual event centers or a clearing house like upcoming?
Yay lazyweb, someone already created it! Thanks @alexkingorg RT @dbcohen: @dotBen checkout http://t.co/fbJcdpj from @crowdfavorite
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